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  1. 1. Noah ’ s library: does consumer health information mean anything in animal health? Tom Roper Head of RCVS Library and Information Service
  2. 2. Structure <ul><li>Consumer health information generally </li></ul><ul><li>Information in the human-animal relationship </li></ul><ul><li>A survey of existing resources </li></ul><ul><li>A way forward? </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  3. 3. Consumer health information (CHI) <ul><li>A growing area: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NHS Direct (UK) see Bob Gann ’ s paper this morning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medline Plus (USA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Driven by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumerism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBM (EBVM?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government backing </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  4. 4. Why CHI in animal health? <ul><li>Unsolicited enquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Growing interest in animal health issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent outbreaks of animal disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heightened interest in animal welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increasing cross-sectoral,cross-domain working in LIS </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  5. 5. Why is animal health important? (1) <ul><li>Economic importance of animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing and textiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmetics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fertilisers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost of animal disease to the economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FMD 2001: cost £8 billion (c € 12-13 billion) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(National Audit Office) </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  6. 6. Why is animal health important? (2) <ul><ul><ul><li>Zoönotic disease </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rabies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>leptospirosis (Weil ’ s disease) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>benign lymphadenitis (cat-scratch disease) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BSE (not!) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  7. 7. Why is animal health important (3) <ul><li>Scientific uses of animals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pharmaceutical research (both human and animal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>household products research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>weapons research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>psychological research </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  8. 8. Why is animal health important (4)? <ul><li>Entertainment and recreational: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>zoological gardens or wildlife parks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>television </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>circuses, racing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The working animal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>defence and security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>guide dogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tracking and sensing </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  9. 9. Why is animal health important (5)? <ul><li>Health benefits of pet ownership: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychological: animal therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardiovascular benefits: reduction in stress, exercise </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  10. 10. Intermediaries <ul><li>Care of animals not confined to veterinarians, but shared by all those have any sort of responsibility </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  11. 11. To illustrate the problem… <ul><li>Bubble and Squeak catch up with the literature…. </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  12. 12. Eustace seeks information for the senior cat… 8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  13. 13. Animals need information intermediaries <ul><li>Just as do children, the confused elderly, those with learning difficulties…etc </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  14. 14. What resources currently exist? A taxonomy
  15. 15. Resources (1) <ul><li>Veterinary organisations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AAHA: http://www.healthypet.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AVMA: Care for animals: http://www.avma.org/careforanimals/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BSAVA PetZone: http://www.bsava.com/petzone/welcome/welcome.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Zealand http://www.vets.org.nz/Your%20Pet/dogcare.htm </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  16. 16. Commercial sites <ul><li>Drs Foster and Smith http://www.peteducation.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Waltham http://www.waltham.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Merial: http://uk.merial.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Pfizer: http://www.patent.com/ </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  17. 17. Veterinary schools <ul><li>Washington State University Pet Health Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/ClientED/index.html </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  18. 18. Practice sites <ul><li>Bradley Viner: http://www.blythwood.com </li></ul><ul><li>National Pet Week: http://www.nationalpetweek.org.uk </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  19. 19. Medline Plus <ul><li>Medline Plus on Pets and Pet health at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/petsandpethealth.html </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  20. 20. Government sites <ul><li>DEFRA (Department of Food the Environment and Rural Affairs—was MAFF): http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/animindx.htm </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  21. 21. Species specific <ul><li>Cats: Feline Advisory Bureau </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.fabcats.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dogs: National Canine Defence League </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ncdl.org.uk/factsheets.asp?structureid=76 </li></ul></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  22. 22. Species specific: Horse <ul><li>Bayer: Your Horses Health: http://www.yourhorseshealth.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nixonandmarshall.co.uk/dental_equines.html </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  23. 23. Subject specific <ul><li>Geriatric veterinary medicine: </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Dogs Project: http://www.srdogs.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Oncology: </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Health Trust Cancer fact sheet: http://www.aht.org.uk/fsheets/fsheets2.html </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  24. 24. Media <ul><li>The Times Vet: James Allcock ’ s Pet Forum: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,642-398267,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Peter Vet: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/bluepeter/experts/vet_teeth.shtml </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  25. 25. A way forward… <ul><li>Huge demand </li></ul><ul><li>Some excellent resources </li></ul><ul><li>Duplication </li></ul><ul><li>Information professionals have yet to be mobilised </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  26. 26. Any solution… <ul><li>Must bring together a large number of providers across a wide variety of domains and environments </li></ul><ul><li>Must be scalable to cope with growing demand </li></ul><ul><li>We ’ re not the NHS… </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  27. 27. How to achieve it <ul><li>By a consortium of existing providers (and bringing in new ones) </li></ul><ul><li>Phase I: mapping existing provision </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2: user needs </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3: pilot </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002
  28. 28. The librarian ’ s role <ul><li>Location, evaluation, organisation and distribution of resources </li></ul><ul><li>And the greatest of these is…. </li></ul>8 th European Conference for Medical and Health Libraries , Köln , 20 th September 2002

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